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MSME709 Clinical Therapeutics

This paper is a progression from MSME701. This is an on-campus, hands-on course, designed to teach postgraduate medical students specific practical clinical skills in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, including the assessment of efficacy according to the current evidence-based principles.

In this paper the principles of musculoskeletal diagnosis are used to provide the basis for therapeutic intervention. Injection techniques and manual therapy to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction are examined in detail. Pharmaceutical and interventional practices are also discussed.

Paper title Clinical Therapeutics
Paper code MSME709
Subject Musculoskeletal Medicine
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (21 November 2020 - 31 May 2021)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,600.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,181.50

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MSME 701 or MSMX 701
MSMX 709
Limited to
MSME 709 is restricted to registered medical practitioners.Enrolments for this paper are limited and it requires departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.

Teaching staff
Dr Jim Borowczyk
Paper Structure

This paper centres around a 7-day practical course focusing on developing expertise in techniques used to treat musculoskeletal problems. Students will have opportunities to practise clinical skills, and the course is concluded with an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). There is also an essay requirement for this paper.

Teaching Arrangements

This paper includes a compulsory 7-day practical, on-campus course held in Christchurch, New Zealand, on the 21 - 27 November 2020.


No textbooks are required for this paper. However, we recommend the following useful reference text:

Readings will be supplied electronically, and students will be expected to access these online via the Library.

Course outline

The 7-day programme covers hands-on practical skills in manual medicine and injection procedures for managing common musculoskeletal disorders.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will have developed skills in
  • Safe and accurate diagnostic techniques
  • Formulating appropriate clinical intervention strategies
  • Applying effective manual intervention strategies
  • Correctly using injection techniques for a wide range of musculoskeletal problems
  • Applying the knowledge relevant to referring people with pain to other agencies for further appropriate intervention

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Further Information

Administrator Client Services
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel 64 3 364 1086

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1st Non standard period (21 November 2020 - 31 May 2021)

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system